Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree

Josh Marshall has a tweet stream going talking about the Trump-Russia alliance.  As he sees it, the Manchurian-by-way-of-Queens Candidate isn’t even trying to hide his alliance with/subservience to Putin.

I’m not sure I wholly believe it, but I can’t come close to ruling it out, and that cranks the dangers of this election up to eleven. Which is why I found this story a welcome bit of comic relief:



Shop Ivanka’s look from her #RNC speech: #RNCinCLE


This isn’t Ivanka Trump tweeting, technically. It’s @IvankaTrump, but that’s the Twitter handle If one has one’s own clothing line, it seems natural that you’d wear pieces from it; perhaps the marketing folks saw an unplanned opportunity to plug the outfit on Twitter. It’s $138 at Macy’s; apparently her father’s boycott of the chain doesn’t apply to her. The garment is described as a “sophisticated sheath dress” that “works wonders at both social and professional occasions” — and, clearly, political ones.

Oh, also? The dress is “imported,” according to its description.

So perhaps this was a just a smart move by the site’s marketing team to capitalize on the moment. Possible. Or perhaps Ivanka Trump has been doing this for the entire convention, posting a series of photos from the event at her website with personalized captions to each — and links to where you can buy all of the things she’s wearing or carrying.

So yeah, maybe the Trump campaign is Putin’s Hail Mary attempt to reverse the outcome of the Cold War.  And maybe it’s just one long grift, the true family business now being carried on by the smart child.

Of course, there’s no reason that what we’re seeing isn’t both a floor wax and a dessert topping.

Image:  John Singer Sargent, Madam X (Madame Pierre Gautreau)1883*

*Yeah. This is one of those posts that exist at least in part so that I could post that picture. Sue me.


Friday Evening Open Thread: Wingularity

Somewhere, Molly Ivins and Hunter Thompson are sharing a beer, shaking their heads about how easy the current crop of political humorists has it…

Jennifer Jacobs, in the Des Moines Register article:

“(Trump) left me with questions about his moral center and his foundational beliefs. … His comments reveal no foundation in Christ, which is a big deal,” evangelical conservative activist Sam Clovis said in an email just 35 days before he quit his job as Republican Rick Perry’s Iowa chairman and signed on with Trump’s campaign.

In the emails, shared by Perry backers Wednesday with The Des Moines Register, Clovis castigated Trump for his past liberal positions and admission that he has never asked for God’s forgiveness for any wrongdoing.

In an interview Wednesday, Clovis verified that he’d written the sharply worded criticisms of Trump, including one email in which he praises Perry for calling Trump a “cancer on conservatism.”…

Clovis defected from Perry’s team at a time when the former Texas governor has been struggling to cover his campaign aides’ salaries.

Iowa Republicans said Wednesday that Clovis’ move raises questions about how he reconciles endorsing Trump with his previous stances and statements, and whether he was motivated less by ideology and more by the promise of a big paycheck from a business mogul who has said he is willing to spend as much as a billion dollars to get elected…

Apart from wishing confusion upon our enemies (who are pretty confused already!), what’s on the agenda for the start of the weekend?

Prepare the Ice Floes

The New York Times reports on the next great cost saving measure in the US:

Medicare, the federal program that insures 55 million older and disabled Americans, announced plans on Wednesday to reimburse doctors for conversations with patients about whether and how they would want to be kept alive if they became too sick to speak for themselves.

Time to prepare the ice floes for Grandma before global warming forces us to use more expensive methods…

Or this is a simple, minor technocratic fix that enables people to make more fully informed decisions about their lives, their families and their expectations while they are not under pressure of contradictory information and values? Read more

Afternoon Open Thread: Madam President?

The latest Pew Research poll on women in politics and business has more than a few interesting findings, but this one shouldn’t surprise anyone:

Yep, only 16% of Republican men would hope to see a female president in the US in their lifetime, and only 20% of Republican women do.

Open thread, you betcha. Also, too.

I’m Ready…To Have My Colostomy Bag Changed

There were a lot of comments about her Fresh Air interview in yesterday’s Hillary mega-thread, so I listened to it, and I thought she did a good job. Terry Gross is not DC media, so when Hillary kept deflecting on gay marriage, Terry didn’t stop asking for a clarification. You can’t bitch about the weakness of the DC media and then bitch about non-DC media not accepting a fairly weak, non-specific deflection. And, yes, Terry Gross does occasionally ask tough questions on her show — she wasn’t just picking on poor Hillary, who needs to sharpen up her DOMA excuse-making.

That said, Hillary showed once again in that interview that, overall, she’s a good politician. My problem with the Clintons has always been Clintonworld. A key example of that is the absolute lameness of the “I’m ready for Hillary” slogan. It signals nothing but bland acceptance of the inevitable, like the need to have a medical procedure or to pay a bill you’ve been putting off. Inevitability campaigns are full of defensive, weak messaging. A weak, defensive top of the ticket isn’t going to excite the ever fickle Democratic voter to get the photo id, blood test, rectal probe and identity tattoo that they’ll need prevent the scourge of voter fraud in 2016.

I’m less concerned about all the bullshit that Republicans will throw at Hills because that would happen to any Democrat. Speaking of that, shouldn’t this guy be getting fitted for an orange jumpsuit rather than making Newsmax headlines?


I’m almost tempted to click because I’m curious if it’s a remake of either “Teen Wolf” or “I Know What You Did Last Summer”.

Just Someone Please Shut This Stupid Woman Up

Move over Lindsey, we’ve got another contender for the dumbest cause of the crisis in Ukraine- mom jeans:

Former Gov. Sarah Palin has been basking in her “told ya so” moment, making sure Americans know she saw the current situation in Ukraine arising six years ago all the way from her home in Alaska – and she’s not ready to let it go just yet.

During an interview Monday night with Fox News, Palin – in her own, quirky way – moved the conversation forward, calling out bizarre distinctions between Putin and Obama.

“People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans,” Palin said “Anyone who carries the commonsense gene would know that Putin doesn’t change his stripes,” she said. “He wants to exert huge power and dominance, so he has to get to those border areas and he has to capture them.”

Ron Christie (easily one of the most vile commentators out there, and a buffoon to boot) thinks that the crisis is still going on because Obama wore jeans while on the phone with Putin:

“Talking with the President of Russia about an invasion in a button-down shirt and jeans is not up to the task,” Ron Christie, a former adviser to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, told the Daily News.

While it “irks” him to see the casual wear that passes through the door of the Oval Office these days, he says Obama’s wardrobe choice for the Putin call was particularly bad for failing to send the “right message” given the seriousness of the issue.

Can people who look like this stop lecturing me on what is and is not macho and manly attire?


Would wearing a pink button down while talking on the phone to Putin send the right message?

Friday Night Open Thread


Found this while looking for a Hannukah-appropriate clip last month; I understand it to be a Friday-evening celebration song.

If you’re still feeling trollish, here’s Dan Savage reviewing Sarah Palin’s new book:

… Here’s a picture of Sarah Palin’s grandson—who for a time was the most famous fetus on the planet (2008, Republican National Convention)—and a quote:

‘All this for me? And I wasn’t even very good!’
—My grandson, Tripp Easton Mitchell [Johnston], upon seeing the presents beneath the Christmas tree, 2012″

All this for me—and I wasn’t even that good. Translate that into Latin and it could be on the Palin family’s coat of arms…

Between those poles, what’s on the agenda for the start of the weekend / runup to year-end?